The 2018 National Drive Electric Week event was a great success. A special thanks to the City of Charlotte for partnering with the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition as co-hosts this year. While Hurricane Florence approached, the weather held out to accommodate our audience of about 125. Everyone from members of the public strolling by to City of Charlotte department heads were able to come out and engage electric vehicle owners and transportation options table vendors. A special thanks to ChargePoint, who sponsored the first 55 free popsicles from King of Pops to attendees. The audience had electric vehicles to view, popsicles to munch on, a great band from the city as well as supported vendors from all aspects of sustainability and green transportation options. We had great diversity in the vehicle showings: the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, Fiat 500e, Chevy Volt, Teslas S and X, Chevy Spark EV, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, an electric utility car from Carolina Golf Cars, the Toyota Prius Prime and others.
A big thanks to the greater Charlotte community for coming out to recognize that electric vehicles (and hybrids!) are an efficient form of transportation that can benefit not just owners, but communities as well through mobility management, a reduction in the use of petroleum and a cleaner environment!
Photo by: Kiyara Hill, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition
(L to R) Electric utility vehicle from Carolina Golf Cars, courtesy of Barrett Kittrell; 2017 Tesla Model S owned by Banks Baker; and a new Chevy Volt owned by the City of Charlotte.
Meet Our Intern!
Kiyara Hill is our newest intern here at Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition. Kiyara is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, currently working towards getting her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Kiyara’s passion involves working towards making electric and hybrid vehicles more affordable and accessible, rather than the traditional internal combustion engine. Her dream job involves working as a Design Engineer for Tesla. A little later down the road, Kiyara hopes to own her very own automobile manufacturing company that specializes in making efficient and affordable electric vehicles. In Kiyara’s spare time she is usually playing guitar, watching or playing sports, or learning how to code! She is extremely excited to join us at Centralina Council of Governments and looks forward to helping us promote ways to improve quality of life for our community!
Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines Funding Still Available
Mecklenburg County Air Quality is still offering their Grant to Replace Aging Diesel Engines again! The goal of GRADE is to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from diesel vehicles operating within the Charlotte region. Both non-road diesel and heavy-duty diesel on road vehicles are eligible to apply to have aging diesel engines replaced. GRADE is a reimbursement grant, meaning award recipients will be reimbursed for approved expenses after the project has been completed. There is $694,000 available with rebates of up to 25% of the cost of new vehicles or equipment.
Applications are due by 5pm on November 2, 2018.
For vehicle qualifications & application, please visit: www.GRADEplus.net
NC Submits VW Settlement Phase 1 Plan
NC has submitted its plan for the state's share of VW Settlement money. The Volkswagen Mitigation Plan details how the state will invest the first 33% of the funds in Phase 1 on projects to significantly reduce NOx emissions and improve air quality.
The Phase 1 plan includes:
- 40% (approx. $12.2 million) to be spent on school bus replacements
- 20% (approx. $6 million) designated for transit bus replacements
- 10% for heavy-duty on-road equipment replacement projects
- 10% for heavy-duty off-road equipment replacement projects
Phase 1 funding will focus on public sector needs. Eligible projects can be submitted by local, state and tribal government organizations, public or private nonprofit organizations, and public/private partnerships where the lead applicant represents a public sector or a public or private non-profit.
Based on feedback from the public, North Carolina will also allocate the maximum allowance of 15% of the funds toward zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure projects. Public and private sector projects will be eligible for the approximately $4.6 million available in Phase 1.
Once the plan is accepted by the trustee of the Volkswagen Mitigation Fund, the Division of Air Quality will put out a request for proposals. At that point, eligible organizations can submit their projects with selections scheduled for Spring/Summer of 2019. Beginning in Fall of 2019, DAQ will provide opportunities for public involvement on the draft plan for Phase 2.
For a copy of the plan, and more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, visit https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement. You can also contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org with questions.
Calling All Stakeholders!
Centralina COG is now accepting nominations for the Region of Excellence Awards, including for the Clean Cities category! These awards will be presented at the Region of Excellence Award Luncheon on Friday, November 30th from 11am-2pm at the Speedway Club at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday, October 1st.
The recipient of the Clean Cities award will be a stakeholder organization that best demonstrates leadership and excellence in clean transportation and alternative fuel activities. The awardee has recognized the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of reducing consumption of fossil fuels and has implemented programs and initiatives to lower their use of traditional transportation fuels. These activities include but are not limited to: purchasing alternative fuel and/or fuel-efficient vehicles, using alternative fuels in their fleet, implementing idle reduction policies, improving fleet fuel economy, partnering with fuel providers to expand alternative fuel availability, or generally supporting and participating in current Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition/Clean Cities programs and priorities.
If you are unsure whether or not your project falls within the program areas of the CCFC, please consult the map below.
So let us know who you think deserves the award! More information and the nomination form are here: http://www.centralina.org/submit-your-region-of-excellence-award-nominations-2/
Clean Fuels Ohio has partnered with Marathon Technical Services to promote a series of free Gaseous Fuels Garage Modification Trainings all over America. There will be two upcoming trainings in Virginia that are the closest to the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition: October 31st-CNG- Richmond, VA, and November 1st-LPG-Chesterfield, VA. These trainings are free for attendees and offer a great opportunity to learn about needed modifications to facilities that house and maintain gaseous fueled vehicles. These opportunities include classroom as well as tours of local facilities. The flier with additional trainings can be found here. More information can be found at www.safegasgarage.com. Please help us get the word out if you have a contact or colleague who might be interested! Additional questions can be sent to Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program
Fall 2018/Spring 2019
The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 100 communities across the country. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 350 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.
The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering or environmental sciences, the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Charlotte, NC (CCFC) is seeking, but not limited to, candidates with a major or background relevant to marketing, public outreach activities, or public administration. The student will mainly be involved in marketing and public outreach activities including writing and editing articles and creating videos, press releases and scripts. The student can also expect to give presentations to small groups, interview coalition members and outside organizations for key deliverables, and conduct some secondary-source research and report-writing.
To submit your resume and complete the online application, please click here. If selected, interns will be notified by September 1, 2018.
Questions? Email: CleanCitiesIntern [at] anl [dot] gov or Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org
Mecklenburg County Air Quality is now offering their Grant to Replace Aging Diesel Engines again! The goal of GRADE is to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from diesel vehicles operating within the Charlotte region. Both non-road diesel and heavy-duty diesel on road vehicles are eligible to apply to have aging diesel engines replaced. GRADE is a reimbursement grant, meaning award recipients will be reimbursed for approved expenses after the project has been completed. There is $500,000 available with rebates of up to 25% of the cost of new vehicles or equipment.
Applications are due by August 31, 2018.
For vehicle qualification & application, please visit: www.GRADEplus.net
Sustainable Fleet Manager Training
The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will hold a one-day intensive training on sustainable fleet management practices and technologies on Wednesday, June 20th at NCSU Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC, from 9am to 5pm.
Expert presenters will speak on topics such as Change Management, Vehicle Selection Standards and Process, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Fleet Sustinability Metrics and Key Performance Indicators, and examine alt-fuel technologies in-depth. Space will be limited, so register now!
Presenters will include our very own chair, Chris Facente, from UNC Charlotte Automotive and Motor Fleet Supervisor and founder/instructor at Justice AutoWorks.
To register, which will include lunch and break refreshments, or for more information, please email Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Plug-in NC hosted its spring summit in Kernersville, NC. Plug-in NC is a statewide program dedicated to the integration of electrified transportation into the North Carolina transportation system. The Plug-in NC Summit served to update members, stakeholders, and interest groups about electric vehicle efforts across North Carolina and to share an analysis of electric vehicle trends in North Carolina over the past couple of years.
Speakers included Eric Reynolds, from Proterra, and Adam Fischer, the transportation director for the City of Greensboro, were invited to discuss the role and potential for electric buses in North Carolina. Reynolds gave a short presentation on the impact of Proterra, an electric bus company, across the nation, as well as the benefits of electric buses over regular diesel or hybrid buses. In addition to Reynolds presentation, Fischer discussed Greensboro’s recent purchase of 10 electric buses from Proterra, and how the incorporation of these new electric buses will have a positive impact on Greensboro’s transportation system.
The Plug-In NC Summit focused on how North Carolina can increase fuel security through implementing alternatives to petroleum. By utilizing a renewable source, the City of Greensboro is increasing their air quality, decreasing their fuel usage and costs without sacrificing quality while contributing to the domestic economy, as many alternative fuels are sourced right here in both North Carolina and in the United States. If you’re interested in cutting costs and maintenance, while boosting our economy, contact Carina Soriano at (704) 688-7035 or at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information and resources.